Women still earn around £8,000 less than men in the Liverpool City Region, a new report has identified.
The document, launched on International Women’s Day, shows than more than 30,000 women are unable to work because they are looking after a family or home, compared to 8,100 men.
Lead author is Dr Fiona Armstrong-Gibbs, of Liverpool Business School at LJMU, who said said the report with came about through a collaboration between LJMU and over 100 women through the civic group ‘One Day’.
It sets out 10 key objectives, including more women in leadership, support for women-led projects and investment in care, hospitality, and culture and has been backed by Liverpool City Council and Liverpool Combined Authority.
Joanne Anderson, Mayor of Liverpool, said: “This International Women’s Day, I commend the work which has brought forward this important report and am very pleased to see the collaboration between One Day and the Combined Authority on how we take it forward.”
Dr Armstrong-Gibbs said the report “gives a voice to women in the region – and highlights unpaid care, unaffordable childcare, social care and the gender pay gap that inhibits our economic potential and every employer in the region has a “responsibility to address this.”
She said: “It’s really important to take the time to develop relationships between activists, researchers and policy makers and we are hoping that stronger relationship emerging between everyone to tackle the inequalities women face everyday."
IMAGE: Joanne Anderson, Mayor of Liverpool; Dr. Fiona Armstrong-Gibbs, lead author of the report and Programme Leader at Liverpool Business School at Liverpool John Moores University; Gemma McGowan of One Day; Erika Rushton, Creative Economist; Katherine Fairclough, Chief Executive, Liverpool City Region Combined Authority; and Steve Rotheram, Metro Mayor of the Liverpool City Region.